Katherine Baker, 2021

Writing box with pines, plum, chrysanthemums, and paulownia

1 year Art in Bloom participant

Floral Products Used: butterfly ranunculus, mum, pieris japonica, horsetail, leptospermum, feather acacia

I selected the suzuribako for its floral motifs and stark colors. Two containers reflect the spilt design of the box. The smaller container represents the trees of the black section. The larger imitates a garden nestled under those trees.

Floral Arrangement Inspired by...

lacquered writing box with heavily decorated cover and sides; zigzag down center divides pine tree with plum blossoms against a black background, from motif of chrysanthemums and leaves against reddish background; motifs continue on sides; ink stone and two empty boxes inside

Writing box with pines, plum, chrysanthemums, and paulownia, 16th century

Unknown Japanese

Black lacquer with gold maki-e, pearskin ground (nashiji), and pictorial pearskin ground (e-nashiji)

Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation 2015.79.407a-f

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